CRYSTAL LAKE – November is Diabetes Awareness Month in Illinois, and Illinois legislators are hosting 50 free screening events throughout the state to improve awareness and prevention of the disease.
Of the 50 free screenings, 39 will be Thursday, which has been declared by the General Assembly as “Diabetes Awareness Day” in Illinois.
To mark the occasion in McHenry and Kane counties, state Rep. Mike Tryon, R-Crystal Lake, will be partnering with Centegra Health Systems for a free diabetes screening event from 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley’s Image Industries, 11220 E. Main St.
The event is open to the public.
“Today one in every 10 Illinoisans is living with diabetes and that number is expected to reach an alarming one of every three Illinoisans by 2050,” Tryon, a Type II diabetic and founding member of the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus, said in a news release. “Through events like this one we can shed a light on this growing epidemic.”
Type I diabetics are unable to produce insulin and Type II diabetics are unable to use insulin properly. Because many cases of Type II diabetes can be prevented through proper diet and exercise, legislators are trying to get the message out that healthy lifestyle choices are important.
Additional information about the differences between Type I and Type II diabetes, tips for preventing or controlling Type II diabetes and a November series of “30 Stories of Diabetes Education” can be found on the Diabetes Caucus website at www.ilgadiabetes.com.
To read Tryon’s personal diabetes story, visit www.ilgadiabetes.com/2013/11/30-stories-of-diabetes-education-mike.html?spref=tw.